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Purely Purebred – for May. 16, 2011

Well, the Oldtimers are back. Can anyone tell me anything about the picture, the year or occasion, or the individuals in it? It is over 30 years old.

The Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) Development Program has selected its 2011 national mentorship recipients. The 2011 CYL candidates will be paired with a mentor for an eight-month mentorship in the CYL program. The sixteen 2011 CYL mentorship recipients are: Jeff Braisher and Haley Rutherford (British Columbia); Ellen Hondl, Mark Lyseng, Kelsey Brandon, Becky Fenton, Lindsay Smith, Virgil Lowe, Christy Goldhawk (Alberta); Allison Porter, Tara Mulhern Davidson, Sarah Anderson, Sheldon Kyle, Ryan Beierbach (Saskatchewan); Cody Krentz (Manitoba); and Amanda Rosborough (Ontario).

CYL Chairman Brad Wildeman congratulated the 2011 mentorship recipients and thanked all 24 finalists for participating in the selection process, held last month in Edmonton. All told, the 2011 CYL program attracted 50 applicants from across Canada. Launched by the CCA in 2010, the CYL program provides industry-specific training and mentorship to assist aspiring future industry leaders. Foundation partners are Cargill, Alberta Livestock Meat Agency and the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. Canadian Cattlemen magazine is an official supporter of the program.

The T Bar Invitational Golf Tournament was created to have a positive impact on junior breeders. Since 2008, the tournament has raised over $100,000 for seven National junior breed associations representing over 2,000 members. In 2011, 10 per cent of the proceeds will once again be donated to the Canadian Western Agribition Junior Beef Extreme for the development and awareness of youth in the beef sector. The folks at T Bar have put out an open invitation to join them June 21-22 at the Dakota Dunes Golf Links, near Saskatoon at the 4th Annual T Bar Invitational Golf Tournament. For details go to www.buyagro.com/tbarinvitational.

The Canadian Limousin Association has the 2011 CLA members directory online at www.limousin.com. Members who want a printed copy can contact the Calgary head office at 403-253- 7309.

The Ontario Limousin Association will host the 2011 National Junior Conference Aug. 19-21 in Orangeville. The program, entry form and other information are posted on the CLA website on the Junior page at www.limousin.com. The CJLA board has put up $1,000 toward travel costs for juniors outside of Ontario who want to attend. Apply to Cameron Olson prior to the event by email ( [email protected]). The maximum assistance is $200 per person depending how far they have to travel.

Four Junior Limousin scholarships are available again this year. To be considered submit a one-page essay describing your involvement with the Limousin breed to Mary Hertz at [email protected], fax 403-378-395, Box 480 Duchess, Alta. T0J 0Z0. The deadline is Oct. 1. You must be a junior member of the Limousin breed and 15 or older as of January 1, 2011. Juniors are eligible to receive the award more than once.

The Canadian Simmental Association is accepting nominations for its annual Hall of Fame Award. Information about the awards and nomination forms can be found at www.simmental.com/history.htm. The deadline for nominations is September 1, 2011.

The Canadian Hereford Association has introduced a group insurance program for members. For more information visitwww.hereford, ca,go to Quick Links and click on RanchPlan.

The Canadian Angus Association (CAA) is now auctioning a package of four embryos online to raise money for the activities of the Canadian Junior Angus Association through the Canadian Angus Foundation. The embryos are from Argentina but the donor dam Black Princess 8796 Eraline and service sire Black Prince 10789 Argentino have been imported into the Canadian Angus Association herdbook so any resulting calves can be registered in Canada. Angus breeders have until May 31 to place a bid. Details are found on the CAA website: www.cdnangus.ca.

Rob Smith, who becomes CEO of the CAA on July 1, along with president Kirk Wildman and assistant general manager Michael Latimer, are offering to shave their hair as part of a Baldy Fundraiser with the proceeds split between the Canadian Angus Foundation and the Kids with Cancer Society. The “winner” who raises the most money will have his head shaved at the CAA annual meeting at the Elkhorn Resort in Manitoba June 9-11. Details can be found on the web at www.canangusfoundation.com.

Last fall, the Canadian Angus Association donated a number of artifacts to the Glenbow Museum and Archives in Calgary which have now been catalogued and added to the museum’s archive collection.

Marty Seymour is the new CEO and general manager of the Canadian Western Agribition, replacing Jason Pollock. Seymour was raised on a mixed commercial cow-calf operation near Carnduff, Sask., and is a graduate of University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelors Degree in Agriculture. His professional career has been in marketing and business development in the feed and food industry. He took over the new post on May 1.

Grant Moffat Herd Builder Awards will be available again this year thanks to some fundraising efforts by breeders and the Manitoba Beef Producers. The award provides up to $2,000 to a Manitoba young person to purchase a registered heifer calf from a breed of their choice. Selections are based on need and the interest of the applicant in starting a purebred cattle herd. The application deadline is Sept. 1, 2011. You can apply or make a donation online at www.charolaisbanner.com/moffat/index.htm. Nine junior breed members have bought heifers in the first three years of the award. The original funds were raised to help find Grant after he mysteriously went missing on August 18, 2006. He has never been found so the decision was made to channel the funds toward helping Manitoba youth get started in the purebred business. Grant was an active Charolais breeder, photographer, newsletter editor, youth supporter, and agricultural journalist.

The Grant Moffat Fund also supports showmanship awards at the Manitoba Livestock Expo All Breeds Junior Show, the Ambassador Award at the Canadian Charolais Youth Conference and Show and the Manitoba All Breeds Beef Roundup Youth Show. Entry deadline for the Roundup is July 10. More information and applications are available atwww.mbangusor by calling Lois McRae 204-728-3058 or Lesley Hedley 204-826-2765.

The Canadian Simmental Association’s ultrasound rebate program still has some funds available to encourage the collection of ultrasound data for the genetic evaluation of Canadian Simmental cattle. A rebate of $10 is applied to the member’s CSA account for each scan record that ranks/indexes. In order to qualify, records must be collected on animals between 300 and 440 days of age by a UGC certified technician and laboratory. In most cases this requires the animals to be clipped. The program remains in effect until June 30, 2012. For details contact the CSA at tollfree: 1-866-860-6051.

The Canadian Western Agribition (CWA) introduced a new leadership team at its annual meeting in early April with the election of a new executive headed by president Bryan Hadland of Weldon, Sask. Hadland was a long-time Maine-Anjou exhibitor at Agribition, and served for three years on the CWA board of directors prior to being elected to the executive committee in 2005. Joining Hadland are: first vice-president Reed Andrew, Regina; second vice-president: Stewart Stone, Regina; executive at large, Dr. Grant Royan, Regina; Tim Wiens, Regina and past president Marilyn Charlton, Weyburn, Sask. Directors elected for two-year terms are: Bruce Holmquist, Kinistino, Sask; Ross Macdonald, Lake Alma, Sask; Arnold Manske, Coronach, Sask; Barry Young, Carievale, Sask; Curtis Kuchinka, Regina; Bob Jackson, Sylvania, Sask; and Lyle Benko, Regina. They join remaining directors Terry Bedard, Craven, Sask; Bryan Hadland, Weldon, Sask; Kim MacDougall, Regina, Sask and John Simpson, Theodore, Sask.

The Regina-based livestock show reported a loss of $204,769 in 2010 despite record revenues of $3.1 million. Auction sales totalled $1,947,548 but attendance to the six-day event was down about 11,000 from the five-year average. As a result of the shortfall the board decided to drop the spring steer and heifer show.

The Young Canadian Simmental Association is looking for host farms to participate in a pilot national mentorship program. Anyone interested in hosting a YCSA member in a summer work program for two weeks should contact Emily Grey by email ( [email protected]). The idea is to give Juniors a chance to make contacts and gain experience within the Simmental industry in different parts of the country.

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